Inter-professional Studies Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.
Foundation for Child-Related Service Learning I, II
Offers an experiential learning course designed to prepare and support students in servicelearning settings. Using current research on brain development, neuroscience, psychology, and child development, the seminar will bridge theory and practice on how children learn. Supports group discussion, reflection, and critical examination in entering and learning from multicultural settings. Note: Enrollment by application only.
American Sign Language
Introduces American Sign Language (ASL). Emphasizes visual readiness skills as students learn to recognize and express spatial relationships between objects and to use nonmanual signals, such as facial expressions and body movements. Communicative functions, vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects of the Deaf community will be studied.
American Sign Language II
Emphasizes further development of receptive and expressive ASL skills, finger spelling, vocabulary building and grammatical structure. Encourages more creative use of facial expressions, body posture, classifiers and the signing space. Introduces cultural behaviors, language, traditions, values and rules of social interactions of Deaf Culture. Prerequisite: PRO 151 or permission of instructor.
Seminar for Mathematics Leaders
Opportunity for students hired as Mathematics Study Group Leaders for Math 130, 131 or 140 to reflect on mathematics content, pedagogy, and group dynamics. Required of students hired as Math Leaders for these courses, and only open to such students. Meets biweekly. Intermediate.
Seminar for Mathematics Leaders
Opportunity for students hired as Mathematics Study Group Leaders for Math 120 to reflect on mathematics content, pedagogy, and group dynamics. Required of students hired as Math Leaders for this course, and only open to such students. Meets biweekly. Intermediate.
Puerto Rico Cross-Cultural Inquiry
Travel to Puerto Rico, visit schools and social agencies, interact with Puerto Rican college students and faculty. Pre-trip seminars and readings provide historical, political, cultural, educational and linguistic background for inquiry projects completed upon return. General Education: Fulfills Perspectives on Diversity. Enrollment through application only.
Child Centered Communication
Introduces participants to some of the basic skills of child-centered play and therapy that can be used in therapeutic, educational and other settings with children. Participants will learn how to build relationships with children through their natural language of play, how to facilitate the expression of children’s feelings and how to set limits on difficult behaviors.
Using Puppets to Communicate
Introduces a variety of ways in which puppets can be used to help children communicate. Gives an overview of using puppets in educational and therapeutic settings. Provides opportunities for observing an experienced puppeteer at work. Practice the use of puppets in their own work with children.
Stress Management Techniques
Familiarizes students with yoga, meditation, relaxation and other stress management strategies for children of different ages. Explores how stress management techniques can be used in hospitals, in social agencies, and in schools.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Presents a model of stress reduction based on the dynamic interaction of internal mind/ body process with external factors in the impinging environment. Centers in the theory and application of “mindfulness,” enacted in meditation, yoga, and activities of daily life. Examines additional strategies such as social support and cognitive restructuring.
AIDS and Addiction
Explores AIDS and addiction as separate problems and examines the ways in which they intersect. Discusses these from a biopsychsocial and ecological perspective. Additionally, explores ways in which the environment, social stigma and prejudices impact the spread, understanding and treatment of these conditions. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Seminar in AIDS and Addition
Examines in greater depth selected topics in HIV/AIDS and addiction research and practice. Focuses on long-term effects of substance abuse and on treatment protocols. Explores prevalence, etiology and treatment of non-substance additions. Examines HIV/ AIDS throughout the lifespan and in different countries and cultures. Emphasizes issues of diversity and social justice. Open to Sophomores and above. Pre-requisite: PRO 275.
Child Neglect and Abuse
Focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment for families in which there is evidence of potential child abuse and neglect. Topics include identification of abuse/ neglect, dynamics of abuse, interpretation of relevant legislation, impact of abuse on child development, treatment programs and approaches, and analysis of social issues relative to family violence. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Seminar in Child Neglect and Abuse
Further examines major approaches to understanding child neglect and abuse in areas of prevention, identification, and intervention with families; as well as larger social/ environmental issues, legislative parameters, and child protective policies. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Prerequisite: PRO 314: Child Neglect and Abuse
Student Policy Fellows Seminar
Interdisciplinary seminar and concurrent legislative placement focuses on policy development, advocacy, and leadership skills. Special emphasis placed on policy issues affecting children and families. Open to junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students. Students choose between three options: sixteen hour weekly placement to earn four undergraduate credits
or three graduate credits
or eight hour weekly placement to earn two credits
. Students must apply and be selected prior to enrolling.
Describes the goals and services of public and private child welfare organizations. Students examine the roles and responsibilities of social workers in these organizations. Relevant legal, ethical and policy issues are discussed. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Provides opportunity to learn theory and techniques of crisis intervention. Topics include concepts of crisis, dynamics of selected crisis situations and methods of intervention. Open to juniors and seniors.
Helping Children Cope with Stress
Presents theory, research, and clinical evidence concerning the effects of stress on children’s coping patterns and development. Stressors ranging from normal family life cycle transitions to the threat of separation and loss through divorce, illness, or death, to the chronic stress of poverty are addressed. Explores concepts of vulnerability and resilience and practical methods for helping children increase their competence in mastering stress.
Welcoming LGBT families in Education and Human Services
Prepares Early Childhood and Elementary Educators, Child Life Specialists, and Social Workers to understand and meet the needs of LGBT- headed families and their children. Examines research and case studies on LGBT families and best practices for creating safe, welcoming environments. Introduces LGBT history; legal, medical and social systems; homophobia; heterosexual privilege; action for change. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity
Global Inclusion and Social Development
Situates contemporary understandings of inclusive education and child welfare and human rights in a global setting. Analyzes research in inclusive education, social work and leadership domains. Explores the emergence of leadership skills in international settings.
Movement and Drama for Children
Explores value of creative drama for primaryaged children in varied settings. Develops skills, techniques needed to implement, evaluate drama activities that enhance self-expression, build self-esteem, community. Investigates drama’s role as vehicle for teaching, learning. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. Offered: spring, in conjunction with THE 277.
Art for Children
Explores learning through, with, and about art, through art making, reflective and analytical writing, and research. Provides exposure to art materials, and to the theory and practice of using art with children in various settings. Offered: fall, spring, in conjunction with VIS 278.